Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CTAE New Teacher Retention

Many of you shared thoughts of how teacher recruitment and teacher retention could use improvement in the CTE area. Please be creative and think and write about what you think would be a good process to improve teacher retention in CTE. If you had the Perkins money to spend in this area, what would you do?

In order to improve teacher retention in the CTE programs I believe the new teacher needs a support network  that includes a seasoned teacher from the program area, a mentor that is an administrator from the school in which they are employed and the funding to become certified for the position they are hired for. The new teacher also needs to have someone assist with the certification process.The new teacher should be put in contact with a NTI program immediately and start the process in a seamless transition from the industry in which they left.

I started teaching in the public school system at the three quarter mark of the school year. My CTAE director was in my classroom daily and I had a para-pro assigned for the day. If I did not have that kind of support and a background of teaching experience my teaching career would have been short lived. I stepped into a class that had been filled with problem students, the necessary shop tools had disappeared and the good students felt I had kicked the old teacher out of his job.I knew how to deal with discipline issues, just not how the school wanted them dealt with.

1 comment:

huffypicks said...

Ken i can not agree with you more that teacher need a better support system. I did not have the best support system when I started teaching a year ago and it was hard. I have thought about given it up and go back to the work force. I think that most of the problem come from the adminstration. They have forgot how it feel to be in a classroom setting and dealing with the many issue that arise daily. This is a big issue and i think if it is not fixed in the near future the retention rate will rise.